AN INEVITABLE model reveal perhaps, but a beautiful one nonetheless.

Aston Martin has dropped the top on its DB11 grand tourer, finally replacing the long-serving DB9 Volante. Whatís perhaps surprising is that Aston has chosen to release the DB11 Volante in V8 guise first, with the V12 being reserved for the hardtop Ė for the time being at least.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, sourced from AMG, produces 375kW/675Nm but is linked to a traditional eight-speed automatic rather than the sevenspeed MCT wet-clutch auto traditionally used by Mercedesí hot rods. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 4.1sec, while top speed is 300km/h neat.

Local deliveries will begin mid-2018, with pricing to be announced closer to the date. Donít expect much change from $400,000. Ė SN